Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master Lens Announced – First Look and Sample Footage
Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master zoom lens has just been announced. It offers an ultra-wide focal length with constant aperture while covering full-frame sensors. Weighing 847 grams (29.88 oz), the lens features minimum focusing distance of 28cm (11″), 9-blade aperture, and rear filter holder system for sheet-type NDs. The lens is available for around €3,300. Take a look at our short video with test footage.
GearComments Off on Atomos and Z CAM Release 5.8K and 4K ProRes RAW Recording for Z CAM E2 Series of Cameras
Atomos and Z CAM just released an update that enabling 12-bit 5.8K Apple ProRes RAW over HDMI recording on the Atomos Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder for the Z CAM E2-F6, E2-F8, and E2-S6. For the Z CAM E2, E2-M4 and E2 C Micro 4/3 cameras, you can record in 4K ProRes RAW to the Ninja V. Also part of the update, Atomos released new camera control functions for all Z CAM models that allow crucial features to be set from the Ninja V via the monitor’s touchscreen. Let’s take a closer look at it.
Atomos Unleashes ProRes RAW Recording to All Z CAM E2 Cameras
GearComments Off on SIGMA 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Lens for L-Mount and E-Mount Introduced
SIGMA 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary lens is the company’s new ultra-telephoto zoom lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras with L-Mount and Sony E-Mount. The lens features a relatively compact and lightweight design with autofocus and image stabilization. SIGMA also announced new TC-1411 (1.4x) and TC-2011 (2x) Teleconverters for L-Mount.
It is obvious that SIGMA is fully committed to supplying the L-Mount cameras – including their own SIGMA fp (click here for our review) – with a wide choice of native lenses. In a recent live stream, the SIGMA Corporation CEO Kazuto Yamaki himself announced a new lens in the company’s lineup. It is the first ultra-telephoto zoom lens designed natively for L-Mount. Additionally, Kazuto Yamaki announced two teleconverters to accompany the new lens. The SIGMA 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary will also be available for Sony E-Mount. What are the features and specs of this new lens?
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on FUJIFILM X-A7 and X-T200 – Firmware Update Enables USB WEBCAM Capabilities
FUJIFILM released a new firmware update for the X-T200 and X-A7 mirrorless cameras. The update brings USB WEBCAM capabilities via USB-C connector and is available for download free of charge. The company further announced that the macOS version of its FUJIFILM X Webcamwill come in mid-July 2020.
FUJIFILM X Webcam now for X-A7 and X-T200 as well. Source: FUJIFILM
In previous months we have seen many camera manufacturers releasing firmware updates and special software to make it easier to use their camera models as webcams without the need for any third-party devices. Canon, FUJIFILM, and Panasonic are at the forefront of these efforts.
Roughly a month ago, FUJIFILM X Webcam app enabled selected GFX medium format cameras and X-Mount cameras to act as a webcam only via connecting it to the computer via USB. FUJIFILM, however, initially only included its top X-Mount cameras (X-Pro2 & X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3 & X-T4) to be compatible with the X Webcam. Now, there is a new firmware update that adds this functionality to the X-T200 and X-A7 “entry-level” cameras.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Laowa 7.5mm T2.1, 9mm T2.9 Zero-D and 15mm T2.1 Zero-D Cine Lenses Introduced
Laowa has introduced three cine lenses to its lineup: the Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine for MFT cameras, the Laowa 9mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine that covers Super35 sensors, and the 15mm T2.1 Zero-D Cine for Full Frame cameras. All lenses feature a gear pitch of 0.8mm on the focus and aperture rings, the aperture ring is click-less, and the housing is much more robust for cinema applications. Let’s take a closer look at these new Laowa Cine wide-angle lenses!
Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine
The Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine is a wide-angle lens compatible with Micro Four Thirds camera. This lens was initially announced back in September 2018, but it’s now finally shipping with new housing and some improvements.
The Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine features a 110° FoV on an MFT sensor. However, it is not a “Zero-Distortion” lens, but, according to Laowa, the lens distortion is minimal and well-controlled. The minimum focus distance is 12cm/4.7″, and the lens weight just 226g/0.5 lbs, which makes it a good match with the Panasonic GH5, the BMPCC4K, and the Z CAM E2. In front of the lens, there is a 55mm front filter thread to attach filters.
GearComments Off on Makayama Flat Color Camera App for iPhone now Available for Purchase
The app Makayama Flat Color Camera was released last month. This software is a new iPhone app to shoot flat color profiles to prevent over-exposure in highlights, create options for color correction, reduce blow-out in highlights, extend the dynamic range, and deliver better control over color tones and subtle details. The “Flat Color Camera” App is available for $5,49 in the App Store now. Let’s take a closer look at this new app.
Makayama Flat Color Camera – From Grading to Post-Production (Credits: Makayama, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
While all the post-processing of the frames from the sensor usually takes place inside the iPhone – when using the Camera App – and the user can only alter the result within stringent limits of the consumer-grade H.264/HEVC coded footage from the iPhone, Makayama presents users with an attractive new solution.
Action cams, GearComments Off on DJI Promo Code Offer on B&H – Save Up To $239 on Select Drones and Gimbals
DJI offers an interesting discount of up to $239 on its gear on B&H using the promo code “BHOPTIC20”. The offer includes DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and Pro drones, Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 drones, and DJI Ronin-S and Ronin-SC gimbals. Additionally, there are interesting deals on DJI Osmo Pocket and Osmo Action.
From time to time, we are publishing the best current deals on filmmaking gear available in online stores. This time, the deals are specific to a certain brand and especially interesting for our readers in North and South America. Our partner store B&H currently offers interesting deals on select DJI drones and gimbals. The deals are time-limited until tomorrow June 11th, 2020. The discounts can be activated at checkout with the discount code “BHOPTIC20”.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on FUJIFILM Firmware Updates for XC/XF Lenses
FUJIFILM has released several minor firmware updates for seven of its XC/XF lenses. These lenses include the popular FUJIFILM XF10-24mm F/4 R OIS, XC16-50mm F/3.5-5.6 OIS II, and XF80mm F/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro, for example. Let’s take a closer look at it!
FUJIFILM Firmware Updates for XC/XF Lenses
FUJIFILM is continuously improving their products by releasing firmware updates, and they just released seven firmware updates for XC/XF lenses. These firmware are pretty “minor,” and FUJIFILM is staying vague by just saying that these FW updates contain “fixes of minor bugs.”
GlareGuard 5.0 – Sunshade for BMPCC 4K and 6K. Source: Ocean Video
The 5″ screen of Blackmagic Design’s Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K cameras is fairly large, but not quite bright enough to be usable in sunny environments. On a side note, a brighter screen would drain the battery quicker and shorten the already very short battery life of the camera, so maybe this is a good compromise.
There are, however, some third-party solutions to improve the screen’s usability in harsh light. Some companies, like Tilta and Smallrig, are making a sun hood that can be screwed on the camera’s cage. Others, like for example Kinotehnik (watch our video interview here), make magnetic viewfinder loupe to attach to the screen and help with precise manual focusing and usability in bright conditions. Ocean Video recently presented another solution called GlareGuard 5.0.
Ocean Video was founded in 1994 by Richard Goodman and Jeb Johenning. The company specialized in an on-set all digital video record-playback systems (video assist solutions). More recently, Ocean Video created a custom sunshade for RED camera monitors (both 4.7″ and 7″ versions) called the GlareGuard. Now, the GlareGuard sunshade got adapted for the BMPCC 4K and 6K cameras.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Canon 1D X Mark III Review and Sample Footage
The Canon 1D X Mark III has been shipping for quite some time and with its capability to record up to 5.5k RAW video internally, it promises to be a leader in its class. Together with the upcoming EOS R5, Canon is showing muscle flexing and an explosion of technical generosity. To me, it looks like a true come back for the creator of the VDSLR segment and a former leader of that field.
GearComments Off on SANDMARC Motion Variable ND Filter for iPhone Launched
Smartphone accessories specialized company SANDMARC has just introduced a new variable ND filter for iPhone and smartphone shooters: the SANDMARC Motion Variable Filter. This filter is compatible with SANDMARC lenses, but you can also simply clip it directly onto your phone, without the need for a dedicated case. With a range from ND8 to ND64, let’s take a closer look at how this SANDMARC Motion Variable Filter can help you capture better footage with your smartphone.
GearComments Off on 8Sinn SIGMA fp Cage – Hands On
8Sinn, an accessories manufacturer based out of Poland, creates a wide variety of products aimed at supporting a majority of the small sized camera market. The SIGMA fp camera, launched in 2019, is billed as the world’s smallest full frame mirrorless camera weighing in at under a pound and I’ve been finding ways to beef up the camera to a true Cine-style rig. Will the 8Sinn SIGMA fp cage both hold up to the constant stress of production? Let’s find out!
GearComments Off on Hollyland Cosmo M7 7″ High-Brightness Wireless Monitor Introduced
We had a conversation with Lawrence Leigh from Hollyland during our cinema5D Virtual Show to talk about their all-in-one wireless monitor: the Hollyland Cosmo M7. This 7-inch touchscreen features a built-in wireless receiver and is a straightforward director/client monitor or for a focus puller. Let’s take a closer look!
Image credit: Hollyland
Hollyland Cosmo M7 Features
Lately, we’ve seen more and more wireless all-in-one monitors in the market, like the SmallHD Bolt series or the Vaxis Storm Focus, for example. Hollyland is joining the competition with its new Hollyland Cosmo M7. These wireless monitoring solutions are exquisite because the wireless receiver is built-in the monitor, which means you just have to power it, and the monitor connects automatically to the wireless transmitter on the camera. Right now however, it is only officially compatible with Hollyland transmitters.
The Cosmo M7 features a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. The screen has a maximum brightness of 1500 Nits and a viewing angle of 178°, which should be enough for outdoor use. As I previously mentioned, everything is built-in the Cosmo M7, so it is very compact at 19.2cm x 12cm x 2.5cm (without external antenna and batteries) and lightweight at only 1.65lbs/750g.
TechniqueComments Off on Adobe Creative Cloud Video Apps Updates – ProRes RAW Support and More
Today Adobe announces a new release for their Creative Cloud video and audio applications, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, and Premiere Rush. Available today, the updates offer support for Apple ProRes RAW, new creative tools in After Effects, workflow refinements in Character Animator, and performance improvements, such as faster Auto Reframe in Premiere Pro. Adobe also claims to have improved the performance and stability of their software.
Adobe Announces New Versions of CC Video Apps. Source: Adobe
Adobe CC Stability
As a former long-time Premiere Pro user I know that stability has not always been that great. This time, during their virtual press conference, Adobe emphasized the performance and stability of their apps to be their top priority. The changes they have made include a shift to more frequent updates and introducing the public beta program to better incorporate user engagement and feedback within the development process.
As Adobe said, its video applications run on a wide range of systems across platforms. That flexibility, however, brings the risk of stability issues with various configurations across hardware, software, operating systems, and GPU. Their research into crash statistics and causes showed that a large percentage of problems stem from insufficient hardware specs or out-of-date drivers. Adobe admits that it shouldn’t require expert knowledge for a user to keep their system running smoothly.
Action cams, GearComments Off on DJI Mavic Air 2 Review & First Look – 4K 60p, 1080p 240fps
DJI just announced the Mavic Air 2, its new generation of the popular consumer drone, which boasts 4K 60p video at 120Mbps and 1080p at up to 240fps slow motion, 48 Megapixel photos, 8K Hyperlapse function, a fly time of up to 34 minutes and enhanced autonomy features, and more. Let’s check it out!
Mavic Air … Two Years Ago
The original Mavic Air was launched over two years ago, and at the time, I flew it in Monaco at DJI’s launch event, and it offered video images with less compression than the more expensive Mavic Pro (Mark 1), in a much cheaper package.
GearComments Off on CAME-TV Boltzen Q-55S Mini Bi-Color Fresnel LED Introduced
There are numerous choices to be made when it comes to proper lighting. Budget, space, available manpower, the list goes on. If you’re a solo shooter you’re likely giving the nod to flexible, lightweight, budget-friendly solutions. In that case, the new CAME-TV Boltzen Q-55S might be worth a close look. It is a focusable, bi-color 55W LED unit with numerous power options in one compact unit.
The highly compact new MOZA Mini-P gimbal should hold everything from a tiny action camera through to a Canon EOS RP.
The MOZA Mini-P gimbal has been launched. Image: Gudsen MOZA.
The gimbal market is a highly crowded one, and while designs are improving all the time, there is still a need to stand out from the competition. Yesterday the MOZA Mini-P gimbal was launched, and the company claims it is its most versatile device so far.
The principal stand out feature is that it can be used with small action cameras like the GoPro or the Sony RX0M2, but also with mirrorless cameras such as the Canon EOS RP and Sony a7R III. Of course there are some limitations in that the lens combo you use on the latter must be light enough not to overload the device’s rated maximum payload of 900g. For example a Sony a7R III with a Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens. However regardless of this, it does make the Mini-P quite an attractive proposition, particularly when it comes to travelling light. See the chart below for the full camera compatibility list:-
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder – Interview with Dwight Lindsey
During our cinema5D Virtual Show, we had a conversation with Dwight Lindsey – CEO and founder of Lindsey Optics – about their latest Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder. This lens finder is used to preview shots without any electronics inside, and it covers formats from Super-35 up to Alexa 65. Let’s take a closer look at it!
Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder
The cinema5D Virtual Show is an excellent occasion to learn more about new high-end products. The Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder that was announced last month is no different.
The main advantage of a “mechanical” lens finder compared to a smartphone, for example, is that it is 100% reliable. There are no electronics, so no battery, no glitch, no reboot, no digital contrast enhancement. What you see through it is the view the lens is going to give to the camera. Also, by looking directly into the viewfinder, you get a much more “immersive” feel to what the shot will look like, and you can adjust the eyepiece diopter to your vision from -4 to +4.
Atomos has just announced that the Atomos Ninja V 5″ HDR monitor-recorder will support ProRes RAW recording from the Z CAM E2. The Ninja V will be able to record 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW at up to 4K60p. We caught up with Dan Chung from Atomos to learn more about it.